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3201 Clemson Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
Courier #: 413
P: 980-343-5525  |  F: 980-343-5589 
Principal: Rachelle Fink
LC: West
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: PreK-6
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Standard Dress Code and Uniforms

The Uniform Policy has been eliminated for the 2022-2023 school year. Students may still wear uniforms if they choose. The dress code is undergoing review/updates currently and prior to school starting, the finalized version will be shared and uploaded here as well. To give you an idea, it will look something like what is below.

   Dress Code

  • The dress code will be relaxed on selected days, as scheduled/announced, and regular clothing may be worn.

  • Shorts and skirts should be at the line of fingertips when arms are to the side (below mid-thigh).  

  • Clothing should not expose undergarments, chest, or midriff.  Button shirts must be buttoned. 

  • Three-finger rule for tops:  Straps should span at least three fingers in width.   

  • Pants should fit on the waist. 

  • Clothing may not contain inappropriate messages/logos (drugs/alcohol, offensive or insensitive statements/messages/graphics)

  • Shoes should be closed-toed, no wheelies or shoes with lights

  • Incidents of dress code deviations will be addressed with grace/respect and will require the student to abide by the dress code criteria going forward. If a clothing change is necessary, parents will have the option of bringing something to the school or we will provide clothing for the student to change into.


Dress Code

We appreciate your help to have children follow our dress code to ensure that they are properly dressed for school. Our dress code is listed below. 

·         Sleeveless shirts should have thick straps that are at least the width of two fingers and cover their undergarments.  Spaghetti straps and tie straps on tops and dresses are only allowed if the students are wearing a t-shirt underneath.   

·         Shorts should be fingertip length.  Students sit on the floor for many activities, so long shorts (two inches above the knee or at the knee) are the most appropriate.  Please make sure that the side panels of the athletic shorts are also fingertip length.  Teachers will contact you if your child's shorts are too short for classroom activities. 

·         The length of skirts and dresses should follow the same guidelines as shorts.  Students should wear the length of the garments closer to their knees if they do not wear leggings underneath. 

·         Students should wear shoes that cover their toes (athletic shoes/tennis shoes) on days when their classes have PE or Health & Fitness sessions.   

·         Flip flops are not safe shoes for school.  Please have students wear shoes with ankle straps or shoes that cover the tops of their feet to help keep their feet protected during recess and classroom activities.  Athletic shoes/tennis shoes with socks are the safest footwear for students.   

·         Young children may need a change of clothing throughout the school day due to spills and accidents.  Please place a change of clothing in your child's backpack in the event that they need clean clothing articles during the school day.  Our emergency clothing closet may not have the child’s correct size.  Having the extra clothing in their backpacks will allow the child to quickly change their clothes and return to their classrooms for instruction.  

·         Hats and hoods are not to be worn in the building, unless we have a Hat Day.   

·         Remind children to bring coats during the winter months.  Teachers take the children outside for recess on cold days, so coats are essential protective clothing for recess in cold weather.   

Please write your child's name on all of their personal items (backpacks, lunchboxes, sweatshirts/jackets, winter coats, gloves, and hats). 



Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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